In March 2023 the Government announced grant funding of £10.4m to support vulnerable people to resolve their legal problems, primarily social welfare issues including debt, housing and employment.
Cumbria Law Centre is one of 59 organisations awarded funding from the Access to Justice Foundation on behalf of the Ministry of Justice, with a grant of £200,000.
Speaking John said, “I am delighted to hear that this funding will again be utilised in Carlisle and builds on the £52,000 granted to Cumbria Law Centre, earlier this year. It will help many of our more vulnerable residents who are unfortunately experiencing civil, family or social welfare legal problems. This will enable people to be assisted to resolve issues at an early stage or supported at the court or tribunal for those cases that progress.”
Justice Minister Lord Bellamy said, “Those who most need support should be able to access it quickly and easily, which is why we’re increasing funding for organisations providing this vital service. Early intervention helps prevent people from undergoing lengthy court proceedings – saving time, money and unnecessary stress.
We very much value the essential work carried out by organisations such as Cumbria Law Centre providing early legal support and advice, which is why since 2015 the Ministry of Justice has invested over £25m to support the sector.”